Best Of 2020

Best Unlikely Venue That Got Saved By Its Community: VFW Post 39

VFW Post 39

In CL’s Spring Arts issue, Scott Harrell and Dave Decker celebrated Lady V and the VFW Post 39, which she and a diverse group of St. Petersburg vets and hipsters call home. But come the fall, coronavirus had one of Florida’s oldest VFW halls—and one of St. Pete’s last neighborhood places to have a rock show—facing extinction and a depleted savings account, from which funds usually went to vets in need. Sept. 1 was the last day the place could stay open… until the community—drag queens and all—came together, started crowdfunding and throwing outdoor concerts to keep the doors open (and vets served). (727) 327-8109 —Ray Roa

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